In Southeast Alaska, travel through the largest national forest in the United States where grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and wolves make their home. On your way to view Alaska's massive glaciers, you enter some of the world's deepest fjords to hike and kayak. Enjoy two full days of in-depth exploring of Glacier Bay National Park with a Park Ranger, unhurried time for whale watching, guided hikes. Back onboard, savor the fabulous gourmet cuisine, relax in the sauna, or watch for wildlife on the top deck.
Day 1: Arrive Juneau / Embarkation
Upon arrival you will be transferred from the airport to board the yacht. Your crew greets you with champagne and smiles, and you'll cruise to a secluded wilderness anchorage this evening.
Days 2-3: Glacier Bay National Park
Over the two days in the park you'll travel nearly 60 miles cruising up-bay to Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers, which frequently calve huge icebergs into the bay. If conditions permit, you'll lower the inflatable and weave among the icebergs that have fallen from the face of the glaciers. Enjoy evenings at anchor in hidden coves, and mornings paddling kayaks in the quiet of this majestic wilderness. And what will you find? Here in the bay there are puffins and sea lions, mountain goats and bears, moose, eagles, and scenery more spectacular than any place on Earth. Glacier Bay is at its best when explored by small groups on a nimble yacht over the course of two days to hike and kayak inside the bay and wilderness areas.
Day 4: Icy Strait
During today's ultimate day of exploration, there's no agenda to follow except to experience every moment scouring the nutrient-rich waters in search for humpbacks, porpoise, sea lions and other wildlife. Marvel at the grand scenery of the Alaskan wilderness as the crew expertly guides through those "not in the guide book" areas that only the locals know. Join the Captain on the bridge or out on deck in search for marine mammals. Late afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to drop the skiffs and kayaks to further explore the shoreline of a remote bay. The afternoon and evening will be spent at Point Adolphus, Alaska's most famous humpback whale feeding area. Be on the watch for the telltale blow of humpback whales on the cruise through Icy Strait. Before retiring for the evening enjoy the wilderness solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap with your fellow yachtmates in the salon.
Day 5: Pavlof Harbor and the Waterfall Coast
Spend the morning cruising the waters where an array of marine wildlife feed and frolic. Later, you will hike Lake Pavlof Trail at Pavlof Harbor and drop the kayaks and skiff for a closer inspection of the remote coastline. Throughout the afternoon, youÂ’ll keep a sharp eye out for humpback whales. The next destination is Kasnyku Bay on Baranof Island along Chatham Strait. Once anchored, youÂ’ll explore by kayak and skiff in this majestic, unspoiled corner of Southeast Alaska before setting off for Takatz Bay for the evening anchorage.
Day 6: Frederick Sound and Sea Lions
Today youÂ’ll cruise around Admiralty Island to more prime humpback-viewing waters in Frederick Sound. Here is an outstanding opportunity to spot the huge brown Â– or grizzly Â– bears for which Admiralty Island is famous. You'll take time for skiff operations and sea kayaking in Saginaw Bay and cruise up-close to a sea lion colony at the Brothers Islands. Tonight you'll anchor in a remote and picturesque bay.
Day 7: Ford's Terror and Endicott Arm
Cliff-walled fjords sliced into the mountainous mainland are on tap today as you tuck into an area widely acclaimed as the most beautiful in all of Alaska. Snow gleams on mountaintops high overhead, as bears amble on the shoreline and mountain goats cling to impossibly precarious perches. Seemingly every few hundred yards another sparkling waterfall tumbles down the cliffs. Enjoy a skiff ride at Ford's Terror, named after an early mariner who was somewhat taken aback when a waterfall appeared at the turn of the tide where none had been visible at high tide. Anchor overnight at Taku Harbor to enjoy the Captain's Farewell Dinner in an utterly lovely setting.
Day 8: Disembark in Juneau
Transfer to the airport or hotel.